ABC Radio Melbourne
|Broadcast area||Melbourne metropolitan area RA1|
|Branding||ABC Radio Melbourne|
|Slogan||It's where you live|
|Repeater(s)||89.5 MHz FM Apollo Bay|
96.1 MHz FM Mount Donna Buang
|Callsign meaning||3 – Victoria|
LOndon (Homage to 2LO)
|Former frequencies||770 kHz AM (1935–1978)|
800 kHz AM (1924–1935)
|Owner||ABC Radio and Regional Content |
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
|Website||ABC Radio Melbourne|
Most Local Radio stations in Victoria simulcast ABC Radio Melbourne's programming when not airing local shows for their areas.
The station was initially owned by the Broadcasting Company of Australia, which represented, amongst others, J and N Tait (theatrical entrepreneurs), Buckley and Nunn Limited (a department store) and The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd (a newspaper company). It was named after 2LO in England, where the LO stood for London.
The station began transmission with an outside broadcast of a performance of 'La Bohème' featuring Dame Nellie Melba, from His Majesty's Theatre.
From 1928 the Postmaster-General's Department (PMG) was responsible for the technical side of all Australian A Class stations including 3LO. The Australian Broadcasting Company was given a licence to provide all programming – an arrangement which remained until 1932 when the Australian Broadcasting Commission was formed. The two Melbourne stations (3LO & 3AR) had a studio in Melbourne Place, a laneway off Russell Street near Little Collins Street, until the building of Broadcast House in Lonsdale Street in 1945. The 3LO on-air studio at Broadcast House was studio 308, although for many years the news broadcasts came from Marland House in Bourke Street. The studios were transferred to the ABC's new Southbank Centre in 1995.
In its early days the station was involved in programs like Kindergarten of the Air, giving children in regional areas greater social awareness and preparation for school.
In early 2006, with the start of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, the ABC set up what was known as "The G-Spot" at Federation Square – an outside broadcast studio where members of the public could watch and participate in the broadcast. At the same time, ABC Radio Melbourne became the second Local Radio station to introduce streaming broadcasts in addition to its regular radio broadcast, subject to sporting rights and legal concerns.
ABC Radio Melbourne provides a mix of local and national news, talkback, current affairs and sports programming. During part of the day it is also identified as ABC Radio Melbourne and ABC Victoria, as much of its content is also heard on other stations in the ABC Local Radio network in Victoria. It is also available through online streaming.
ABC Radio Melbourne's 774 kHz transmitter is located in Delahey, 20 km north-west of Melbourne's central business district. The station broadcasts at a power of 50,000 watts, covering the majority of Victoria, and one of two transmitters using the callsign 3LO, the other being at Marengo on 89.5 MHz with an EIRP of about 327 watts serving the Apollo bay area.
ABC Radio Melbourne currently live broadcasts during events in a media partners or radio outside broadcasts of the Gardening Australia Expo, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the C31 Melbourne Antenna Awards, the Royal Melbourne Show the Royal Geelong Show and more.
The station is housed in the ABC Southbank Centre, which has four levels incorporating ABC Local Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC Classic FM, Triple J, ABC Dig Music, Radio Australia, Australia Network, ABC News and Current Affairs and ABC TV.
Programming schedule usual presenters
- Breakfast with Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah
- AM with Sabra Lane
- Mornings and Conversation Hour with Jon Faine
- The World Today with Eleanor Hall
- Myf Warhurst
- Afternoons with Richelle Hunt
- The Friday Revue with Richelle Hunt and Brian Nankervis
- Drive with Rafael Epstein
- PM with Linda Mottram
- Evenings with David Astle
- Nightlife with Philip Clark and Sarah MacDonald
- Overnights with Trevor Chappell and Rod Quinn
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